Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paint A Peeling Iron Porch Railing

Iron porch railings can be one of the most frustrating and painstaking surfaces to paint. And when they are in poor condition, the tediousness only amplifies. Many do-it-yourselfers just don't know approach such a project, and more than a few end up making a considerable mess when they do. If you plan to paint a peeling iron porch railing, you need to know the proper techniques to employ or you're likely to end up with a disappointing outcome and a sore back to boot. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Use the pressure washer to wash away dirt and loose paint from the iron porch railing.

2. Use a metal putty knife to scrape away as much peeling paint as possible. Use a wire brush to scrape away any remaining peeling paint. Use 80 to 120 grit sandpaper to sand away any remaining peeling paint.

3. Use blue painter's tape to cover any areas you do not want painted. Spread the heavy-duty fabric drop cloth below the iron porch railing to catch any splatters and drips.

4. Use the 3-inch oil-based paintbrush to apply Rust-Oleum metal primer to any rusted areas on the iron porch railing. Allow about an hour or two for the Rust-Oleum metal primer to dry.

5. Use the putty knife to open the container of oil-based paint. Pour the oil-based paint into the 5-gallon bucket, filling it half-way. Insert the paint roller screen. Slide the mini paint roller cover onto the mini roller frame.

6. Dip the mini roller into the 5-gallon bucket of paint. Rub the roller cover against the paint roller screen to remove any excess paint. Use the mini roller to apply the oil-based paint to the iron railing.

7. Use the 3-inch paintbrush to apply paint to any areas of the iron porch railing that proved inaccessible to the mini roller.

8. Allow the iron porch railing to dry for an hour or two. Apply another coat if necessary.

Tags: iron porch railing, mini roller, paint roller, porch railing, oil-based paint